How do you do....it? Thread, Enable staff to access school docs from anywhere in Technical; I am seeking solutions to this issue.
The school is behind/inside the YHGfL Current server is running on Windows Server ...
15th March 2010, 09:32 PM #1
Enable staff to access school docs from anywhere
I am seeking solutions to this issue.
- The school is behind/inside the YHGfL
- Current server is running on Windows Server 2008
- We have an Exchange server - currently 2003 but to be transitioned through 2003 to 2010
What are the options for remote access to files and email?
What security settings/authorisations will be required?
Do I need further licenses for Office? (currently have a School Agreement in place but only for in-school equipment and users)
Should I be looking at Outlook web access, a VPN, both or what? All suggestions most gratefully received.
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15th March 2010, 09:43 PM #2
We are also behind YHGfL, and use OWA for e-mail, and frog VLE for document access.
15th March 2010, 09:45 PM #3
So do your staff upload their docs to the VLE for home access?
Originally Posted by clareq
15th March 2010, 09:55 PM #4
We use owa and SSL explorer (adito vpn) for remote access for files aswell as remote desktop to some virtual XP machines
15th March 2010, 09:55 PM #5
we are also on YHGFL here
you will need to speak to the yhgfl people to set up a reverse proxy for your exchange server so that the staff can use outlook web access from home.
why do you think you will need more licenses for office?
if you require full remote desktop access then you can get a cryptocard fob from yhgfl and you can use a cisco vpn
VirtualPrivateNetworkInstructions < YHPublic < TWiki
has a picture of the cryptocard and a brief explanation of the vpn it self.
it does cost money though
our staff use owa and frog vle to access files.
but i like to have rdc to the servers
Last edited by round2it; 15th March 2010 at 10:01 PM.
15th March 2010, 10:02 PM #6
We use a Sonicwall SSL VPN appliance.
15th March 2010, 10:06 PM #7
Exchange 2010 with the correct ports opened up will do a lot of what you are looking for.
Do a bit of searching on the feature list including Outlook Anywhere and UNC links in email
15th March 2010, 10:37 PM #8
Exchange 2007 OWA for email.
We use Sharepoint as our VLE. We've bought the webparts from Salamander which let you use a network share such as users home directory, or a shared area like a normal MOSS document library.
They have two tabs one for their home directory, and one for the common dump share. Only niggle is you have to download the document you are working on, save, and re-upload.
Despite all this, the solution works well for our school. The good thing is all this is done over port 443. Nothing else is required, as we do not use Outlook Anywhere.
Myself and my boss have VPN. We are looking at sharing remote desktops/ TSWebApps for students to use from home.
15th March 2010, 10:54 PM #9
No, frog allows access to the users home folder on the network.
Originally Posted by leco
15th March 2010, 10:59 PM #10
Thanks one and all - something for me to ponder on. I'll take a look at the Sonic wall and Adito VPN solutions thanks.
round2it - I do have a Crypto card for my own access to the server remotely. But I didn't really want to go that route for the staff.
Another thought would be them having local accounts on their laptops. With the proviso that they save to the server when connected to the school network. Would that work do many people do that rather than using off-line files?
15th March 2010, 11:00 PM #11
Ah that wouldn't work then as our VLE is Fronter which is not hosted by the school.
Originally Posted by clareq
18th March 2010, 05:47 PM #12
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How about google apps for domain it is free for education?
18th March 2010, 08:51 PM #13
Thanks for the suggestion skeep, but I really don't want the school documents scattered across Google's numerous servers, thank you. The staff get into enough of a muddle without adding in the "Google" factor.
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